Fortaleza, Brazil is known to the whole world as a bustling city with roughly 2 million or more residents. And just to accommodate these inhabitants and some tourists who occasionally visit the place, you will find that Fortaleza is practically lined with hundreds of apartment complexes, first class hotels and motels.
But hotels, motels, apartments and office blocks do not really define what Fortaleza is. There are so many places to see and so many things to experience in this place. If you want to know what exactly they are, then read on as we provide you 3 of the places that you should visit when you are in the city.
1. Mercado Central or The Central Market
This place is not only perfect for people who are lovers of flea markets but it is also the spot you have to visit if you want to experience true Brazilian culture. This is because in the marketplace you will find true blue Brazilian food, crafts and products that are practically lined up in colorful stalls on the street.
2. Beira Mar
If you did not have enough shopping in Mercado Central, you can continue your shopping spree in Beira Mar. Beira Mar is open to the public from 6AM to 10PM everyday. Here you can again find food, arts, crafts and some fine linen. What’s more is that the prices of goods in this area are simply unbelievable. But if you want to save more then remember this – haggling in Beira Mar is always a good idea.
3. The Beaches
These pristine beaches can be especially beautiful at night. So if you are comfortable in boats, then you may want to take a 2 – hour cruise that starts in Beira Mar. In the cruise, you can expect to see the city’s skylines and the bars in all the happening beaches out there. If you want to, you can also go down the boat and take a short swim in one of the calmer beaches in the area.
But if you think that taking a cruise is not really a good idea, then you can take the city bus or rent a taxi to take you to two of the most visited beaches in the area which is Praia do Futuro and Praia de Iracema. At daytime, the sun on those beaches can give you a good tan and at night, the shores are especially famous for their great parties and happening bars.